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World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2008

World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2008 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The World Economic Forum today announced 39 visionary companies selected as Technology Pioneers 2008. The companies’ products and services include identity management on the Internet, understanding of individuals’ genetic information, robotic radiosurgery, pollution control materials, low-cost remote diagnosis solutions, virtual interface technologies, wiki-based projects and next generation business intelligence solutions.

Twenty-three of the Technology Pioneers 2008 are US-based companies. Israel and the United Kingdom each boast three; Sweden and Switzerland two each; Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands and Russia, one each. Technology Pioneers are nominated in three main categories: Energy/Environment, Biotechnology/Health and Information Technology.

The entire list of Technology Pioneers and interviews with the CEOs of the selected companies can be found here: www.weforum.org/techpioneers/2008.

The Technology Pioneers 2008 were nominated by the world’s leading technology experts, including venture capitalists, technology companies, academics and media. The final selection from 273 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum.

Technology Pioneers 2008 are invited to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 that will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from 23-27 January and in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions that will be held in Tianjin, China from 25-27 September 2008.

“This year the World Economic Forum received a record number of applications from companies around the world to become a Technology Pioneer. From a highly competitive field, we are extremely pleased to have a community that is using innovation and technology to dramatically affect the way society and business operate and doing so in a markedly collaborative manner. We are excited to welcome the Technology Pioneers Class of 2008 to the larger community of the World Economic Forum and we are looking forward to the fruits that their collaboration will bring,” said Peter Torreele, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum.

To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership, show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader – and its technology must be proven. Previous Technology Pioneers have included Business Objects, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Corel Corporation, Encore Software, Google, Mozilla Corporation and Napster.

The Technology Pioneers programme is run by the World Economic Forum with guidance from Accel Partners, BT and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

"Accel Partners is proud and honoured to be involved with the Technology Pioneers Programme. We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entrepreneurs and the distinctiveness of the innovation of the Technology Pioneers. We have been active in technology innovation for over 25 years and see thousands of entrepreneurs every year and it is with this experience that we can confidently and proudly say that the Technology Pioneers Class of 2008 are truly of world-class calibre. Congratulations to the Technology Pioneers Class of 2008," said Kevin Comolli, Managing General Partner at Accel Partners.

Matt Bross, Group Chief Technology Officer at BT, said: “By partnering with the best brains and the smartest ideas in the world, organizations can deliver innovation at the speed of their customers' lives. The Technology Pioneers 2008 will make great innovation partners for any organization that chooses to do business with them."

“We are honoured to have participated in the selection of this year’s winners, who join an illustrious group of Technology Pioneer innovators,” said Edward K. Moran, Director, Product Innovation at Deloitte Services LLP. “The range and elegance of solutions that this year’s Tech Pioneers bring to the marketplace are truly stunning. Congratulations on translating technical breakthroughs into products that make the world a better, more connected and healthier place.”

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The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests (www.weforum.org)

Notes:
• Go to www.weforum.org/techpioneers/2008 for the entire list of Technology Pioneers and interviews with the CEOs of the selected companies. For more specific information, please e-mail: href="mailto:tech.pioneers@weforum.org">tech.pioneers@weforum.org
• Download print-quality high resolution photographs of the CEOs of the selected companies at: www.pbase.com/forumweb/techpioneers2008
• Nominate a company to be a Technology Pioneer 2009 at: www.weforum.org/pdf/techpioneers/nomination_form_2008.pdf . Deadline for submissions is May 2008.
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Mark Adams
Managing Director, Head of Communications
World Economic Forum
Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 1210
Fax: +41 (0)22 869 1394
mark.adams@weforum.org
www.weforum.org

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